Patriarch Kirill celebrated a prayer service in the former Church of the Russian Orthodox Church in London

LONDON, 15 Nov — RIA Novosti. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill said on Saturday a prayer service in the house 32 Welbeck street in London, where more than 100 years (1813 to 1920) was located Russian Orthodox Church.

It was the first item on the agenda of the four-day visit of Patriarch Kirill to the UK. The visit is timed to the 300th anniversary of the presence of Russian Orthodoxy in the British Isles during the reign of Peter I in 1716 at the Russian Imperial mission in London has arisen the assumption parish.

House 32 Welbeck street was built around 1770. In 1813, leased the rector of Russian Embassy Church in London the priest Yakov Smirnov (before Church for a few years was the building of the Russian Embassy at 86 Harley street). In the Eastern part of the site demolished the stables and built a chapel, which survived until 1864. The next rector Archpriest Evgeny Popov in 1864-1865 years on the site of the chapel was built a new Church – designed by James Thomson, with the support of Empress Maria Alexandrovna – wife of Alexander II. She served the parish until 1920-ies. This place was visited by the emperors Nicholas I, Alexander II and Nicholas II.

In the 1920s the building was rented Radiological society and was later used by tenants, whose activities were connected with medicine. Today the room is used as a meeting room.

To Patriarchal visit, the room has been arranged under the divine service, he brought the icon, kept in the vaults of the existing Church of the Dormition of the Russian Orthodox Church is the iconostasis, 1865, written specifically for the Church on Welbeck street. In addition, the room housed the exhibition “the Imperial house during the First world war: charity and heroism.” The exhibition tells about the granddaughters of Queen Victoria — the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and her sister Elizabeth, the Holy Martyr, the founder of the Marfo-Mariinsky convent of mercy in Moscow.